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Karoo Ecological Patterns and Processes

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ISBN-10: 0521126878

ISBN-13: 9780521126878

Edition: N/A

Authors: W. Richard J. Dean, Suzanne Milton

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Book details

List price: $66.95
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/3/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
The Driving Variables
The climate of the Karoo - a functional approach
Soils of the arid south-western zone of Africa
Paleoenvironments
Plant biogeography, endemism and diversity
Biogeography, endemism and diversity of animals
Form and Function
Form and function in perennial plants
Functional aspects of annual and biennial plants
Plant reproductive ecology
Animal form and function
Animal foraging and food
Dynamics
Population-level dynamics
Community patterns and dynamics
Modelling populations and community dynamics in Karoo ecosystems
Spatially explicit computer simulation models - tools for understanding vegetation dynamics and supporting rangeland management
Human Impacts
Hunters and herders in the Karoo landscape
Historical and contemporary land use and the desertification of the Karoo
Alien plant invaders of the Karoo: attributes, impacts and control
Comparison of ecosystem processes in the Nama Karoo and other deserts
The Succulent Karoo in a global context: plant structural and functional concepts comparison with North American winter rainfall deserts
The Karoo: past and present
References
Index